Skegness author William Hussey was guest of honour at King Edward VI Academy’s annual Presentation Evening.
The writer behind the Witchfinder trilogy and two supernatural thrillers had spent the day inspiring students and signed copies of his books during the evening.
Principal Margaret Reeve was delighted to welcome him, prize winners, parents, governors and returning students to the Spilsby academy.
She said: “It is a special night when we reward the considerable efforts and achievements of so many of our students.”
The academic highlight of the past 12 months was the summer’s GCSE results, when 63% achieved five or more GCSE passes, including maths and English.
But Mrs Reeve was also delighted to see students making the most of other opportunities while at King Edward.
“They’ve taken part in a huge range of activities inside and outside of school, particularly in music and sport.
“The highlight for many was the David Ross Education Trust Summer Cup, when Lord Coe was the guest of honour and spent a considerable amount of time with our students.
“Our talented musicians went to Cambridge University and then visited London’s Covent Garden and St Martin’s in the Fields.
“We have also developed links with our local Rotary Club and raised lots of money for charity, including Help for Heroes.
“Wherever possible we equip young people to get the most out of life and to become responsible citizens of the future.”
There was much to look forward to in the future, she said.
The audience was entertained with a musical interlude from three talented students, Josesh Losper on keyboard, Rose Ward on flute and Rachel Bosworth on violin.
Following the presentations, parents and prize winners were served drinks and canapes in Gino’s cafe.